Broadway 'Hamilton' Star Headlines Goodman Theatre's Spring Gala

Founder of the band Survivor (Eye of the Tiger, Vehicle) Jim Peterik at the Goodman Theatre “Ruby Night” Gala (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater, celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Women’s Board at Ruby Night, the spring fundraiser gala. The May 19 event raised more than $1 million in support of the theater’s education and community engagement programs. More than 500 guests gathered at the Fairmont Chicago for the black-tie evening. The gala was headlined by Tony Award-winning singer Renée Elise Goldsberry, who performed a wide-range of jazz, soul and Broadway hits.

The evening was full of entertainment: a lavish three-course meal and signature cocktail, fine jewelry raffle, and songs from Goldsberry and The Gentleman of Leisure. The gala decor was designed by Kehoe Designs.

The gala was presented by the Women’s Board and co-chaired by Joan E. Clifford, Swati Mehta, and Alice Sabl. Cynthia K. Scholl currently serves as President of the Women’s Board and David W. Fox, Jr. is chair of the Goodman Theatre Board of Trustees.

This event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Joan and Robert Clifford, Clifford Law Offices, Swati and Bobby Mehta, Northern Trust, Alice and John Sabl, American Airlines, Sharon and Charles Angell, Denise and John Ginasol, Albert and Maria Goodman, Adnaan Hamid and Elissa EfroymsonNancy A. Lauter & Alfred L. McDougal Charitable Fund, Carol Prins and John Hart, Cynthia and Michael Scholl, and Sondra and Denis Healy/Turtle Wax.

Goodman Gala 2018

(L to R) Carly McQuay, Emmanuella Nwankwo, Eric Grant, Abaigeal O’Donnell, Ariana Burks, Tony Award-winning singer Renée Elise Goldsberry, Abby Rooney, Donovan Holt and Eleanor Babwin, Goodman Theatre Education and Engagement Coordinator Brandi Lee and Goodman Theatre Walter Director of Education and Engagement Willa J. Taylor (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Gala: Renée Elise Goldsberry

Tony Award-winning singer Renée Elise Goldsberry performs at the Goodman Theatre “Ruby Night” Gala (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Gala: Goodman Theatre Women’s Board members

Goodman Theatre Women’s Board members Frances Del Boca and Jodi Hebeisen, Goodman Theatre Women’s Board President Cynthia K. Scholl and Goodman Theatre Women’s Board member Lorrayne Weiss (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Gala: Revan Watkins, Bill Aylesworth, and Dujon Smith

Revan Watkins, Bill Aylesworth and Goodman Theatre Scenemakers Board Member Dujon Smith (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

Goodman Gala: Chuck Smith

Goodman Theatre Resident Director Chuck Smith dancing at the Goodman Theatre “Ruby Night” Gala (Photo by John Reilly Photography.)

 

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